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F is for Friends

23 Jun

I have a friend. Well I have many friends but I have one in particular that I want to dedicate this blog post to because she’s doing something completely awesome.

So, I have a friend called Cat (that’s her on the left). We’ve known each other for 5 years now after meeting each other during our first week at university (Correction: Cat just reminded me it was our first day!!). We’ve been through highs and lows like all friends have but have stuck it out throughout and although we don’t meet up as often as either of us like due to one reason or another (poor-ness, aching muscles, etc…hehe), we still make sure that we make time for each other and have a proper good night out once every so often.

Anyway, Cat, along with a few others, is doing a charity bike ride from Brussels to London, taking in 3 countries in 3 days! Yep, 3 days to cycle 227 miles! The team are raising money for the charity, Right To Play, which if I do say so myself is a pretty awesome charity to be raising money for. The statement below about what they do has been taken from their website –

“Right To Play is the leading international humanitarian and development organization using the transformative power of sport and play to build essential skills in children and thereby drive social change in communities affected by war, poverty and disease.  Right To Play creates a safe place for children to learn and fosters the hope that is essential for children to envision and realize a better future. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child guides our work. Right To Play programs target the most marginalized individuals including girls, persons with disabilities, children affected by HIV and AIDS, street children, former child combatants and refugees.

Right To Play has been a pioneer in innovation for social change and has a track record for creating programs that are both sustainable and replicable.”

This blog post is my way of trying to help my friend raise as much money as possible in order to give disadvantaged children a better life. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DONATE IF YOU CAN!!!! Donate Here

I’m proud to have a friend who does something as awesome as this without any thought (or very little thought) and wish I could say the same about myself!! She’s such a selfless person and I’m honoured to be able to call Cat my friend. She’s also been pretty instrumental in helping me out with getting my business up and running and off the ground and I owe her sooooo much for the encouragement she’s given me and continues to give!! Oh, and she deserves muchos congratulations for passing her roller derby assessments! Yay! I have something in the works for you (and Sam) as a well done for that! Hehe. You’ll just have to wait and see though!

So that’s my ‘F’. I really hope everyone has at least one friend like this!! They’re the friends that make life that little bit brighter and funner (I don’t care if that’s not a word, haha). So give, give, give to the LSE Cyclepath team and Right To Play!! They are awesome and deserve all the donations they get! Stay tuned for ‘G’ in my alphabet soon!!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

E is for Experience

16 Jun

‘E’ was a difficult letter to come up with something for, seeing as I have posts lined up for most of the other letters in the alphabet! A true toughie that eventually led me to the one thing that ultimately defines a person’s life and allows them to offer advice and words of wisdom to others.

Experience.

-the knowledge or skill acquired by such means over a period of time, an event or occurrence that leaves an impression on someone, encounter or undergo

I can relate to all of these meanings of the word and the many experiences in my life so far have made me the person I am today. I have travelled, made numerous mistakes and wrong decisions and had numerous achievements and made right decisions. I have had a variety of jobs, I have too many hobbies and I have/had friends and lovers from all walks of life. All of these have made up my experiences in my life thus far and I know that I have many more to come, some of which will be good and some of which will be bad. But they will ultimately make me a better and stronger woman!

(all images from weheartit.com, using keyword “experience”)

(And this one below, just for fun as it made me laugh and realise that it’s little experiences like seeing pictures like this that usually get us through the day!!)

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

D is for Down Under

8 Jun

Some of you may or may not know this but I’m Australian. I was born there 24 years ago and lived in various locations up and down the East Coast until I was almost 13, when I moved to the UK with my parents. It’s been about 5 years since I went back to visit and every so often I have huge pangs of home sickness – one of those which inspired this post! So I thought I’d share with you some of my experiences and favourite things about Australia, or Down Under as it’s known to some! Ha.

1) My family: the majority of my family live in Australia still, including my grandmother and my brother. There’s a small family reunion-y thing going on this July but a few of us are unable to make it due to personal and financial constraints. Now, my immediate family (mum, dad, sister, bro and me) is quite average sized. However if you were my grandmother you would have 41 family members, including children, in-laws, grandchildren and great-grandchildren! Knowing me, I’ve probably missed someone out so sorry if I have guys!! Hehe. But still it’s a huge family! Not all of my family live over there as I explained, but when most of them do it’s very easy to get homesick and miss them! No photos for this one unfortunately – I don’t want to post pictures of them all unless they give me their express permission!

2)CHERRY RIPE and TWISTIES!!!! These are two of my all time favourite snack foods and whenever anyone ever goes to Australia and asks me if I would like anything, I ALWAYS say cherry ripe and twisties! If you ever get the chance to try either, do it. You’ll never look back. Oh, and cheese twisties all the way!!

3) Many of you might know about this magazine already but if you don’t, it’s one of Australia’s fastest growing craft/lo-fi/fashion/culture/etc magazine’s. I discovered the magazine from Issue 2 (which I bought because they had an interview with Brody Dalle – one of my lady heros) but unfortunately I didn’t keep up with buying them or getting my family to send them over. That’s changing though as one of my lovely cousins has agreed to send them over as soon as she’s done with it! Love you, Leonie! They’ve released 2 books and if you’re into the things they write about on their blog and feature in the magazine, give it a whirl! Go on, go over to the Frankie website. You know you want to!

4) Brody Dalle. This woman is one of my musical heroines! Back in 2002, I had just finished high school and was just about to enter my riot grrl phase, when this woman and her band The Distillers came along. They were known on the underground punk scene (before she got together with Josh Homme of QOTSA, she was married to Tim Armstrong of Rancid) with their self-titled debut but it was their second album, ‘Sing Sing Death House’, that they started reaching the more mainstream music press and with their third album, ‘Coral Fang’, The Distillers had reached a level of success that probably surpassed anything they ever imagined. Now, I know you’re probably wondering why Ms Dalle specifically. She is also an Australian!! Uh huh! One tattoo I have is based around one she has (3 stars across the wrist) and I was lucky enough to be able to see The Distillers a number of times. Now, Brody is the frontwoman for Spinerette, and if you like a bit of gravelly, female vocals over a strong punk riff then give them a listen!!

5) I used to live on that island. Don’t believe me? Just mention my name and I’m sure someone will be able to tell you stories about me! Haha. I lived there, on Thursday Island (yes, that is it’s name and before you say it, there are also Wednesday and Friday Island’s too), in the Torres Strait, Far North Queensland, between the tip of mainland Australia and Papua New Guinea. The four years I lived there were probably some of the best of my life. I used to live by the upside down L-shape in the bottom right hand peninsula of the island, which also happens to be the hospital my dad worked at and the reason we moved there. I used to go reef walking when the reef was cleaning itself (looks amazing, smells BAD!!), fishing on the wharf and in the dinghy, and swimming in the shallows of the beaches. I went on regular trips to the other islands with friends and family and school. It was amazing. I miss it dearly and if I get the chance to go back I do as a few of my friends still have family living there or are there themselves if they haven’t moved mainland. Oh and if you are wondering how you get there, there are regular flights with Qantas to one of the other islands and you get the boat over. Yes, an airport on an island. Don’t worry…it’s big enough to not run out of runway!! Haha.

So there you go. A few tidbits about my favourite place in the world. I love other cities and countries, but to me Australia will always be home.


(And yes, I used to see that sunset every night on Thursday Island, or T.I. as it’s known.)

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

P.S. I hope you’re enjoying My Alphabet series so far!! I look forward to sharing ‘E’ with you soon!!

C is for Collections

4 Jun

I’ve done a post on some of my collections before. This time though I’m going to show you a collection that I’m quite protective and proud of and really want to add to majorly!

Yes. I collect vinyl and plush toys. Mainly vinyl though. My main collections comprise of Dunny figurines and a few Munny’s too. Here are some close ups.

Of course, like any collector I tend to have a few favourites amongst my collection. They are these babies.

Top Row: Junko Mizuno for Dunny Fatale series, Custom Munny by Will Rochfort, Kathie Olivas for Dunny Series 5

Bottom Row: Fafi for MAC figurines

My absolute favourite out of all of those is my custom Munny. It was done by an amazing artist called Will Rochfort (who also happens to be my friend and old uni flatmate). He gladly accepted my challenge to customise a plain white Munny and made sure that I didn’t see the finished piece until he was done with it. A bit of background behind the customisation – Will is a HUGE fan of comic book art, graphic novels and Norman Rockwell. This was done just before or after (I can’t remember exactly) ‘The Dark Knight’ came out in the cinema. I seriously couldn’t have asked for a better custom piece!! Here are a few close-ups for you.

Amazing, huh? In terms of my collection right now, I would love to have an unlimited supply of money to add substantially to it and I would love to have a complete Dunny Series collection at some point too. I know a few people have similar toy collections and I would love to know what figurines you collect (if you do) and what your favourites are!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little peak into one of the geeky sides of my life. Can’t wait to share ‘D’ with you soon. Have a happy Friday and a great weekend!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

pictographs of my so called life

3 Jun

Pictographs is the word I get when I mix pictures and photographs in my head. I don’t know if anyone else uses it but I do. And does anyone else make up words by mixing two together? Bad example – chillax = chill+relax. Let me know if you do. I’m always on the lookout for new words to use and confuse people with! Haha.

So I thought I’d share with you a few pictures I’ve taken on my iPhone over the last week or so. Most have been taken with apps and I’ll put the links up here if you want to check them out.

(1,2,3+4 – ShakeIt; 5 – CrossProcess; 6+7 – Hipstamatic)

My mum and I visited the Hummingbird Bakery today (my second time this week after going with Kim) and I had to take before and after pictures of our time there! Yummy, yummy Red Velvet Cupcake with cream cheese frosting for me and a Chocolate Cupcake with chocolate icing and sprinkles for my mum, both with soya lattes. We also had lunch together at an amazing vegan/vegetarian cafe in Bethnal Green called The Gallery Cafe. It’s one of my favourite places and they have loads of events (both free and pay for) which are worth going along too. Whilst we were in Central London we also stopped by Cloth House on Berwick Street and I got some nice striped jersey fabric to make a skirt out of, using this tutorial I found through Toni’s blog.

The other pictures have stories which I’d love to share also, but at the moment I don’t have the time to. If you want to know about them then leave me a comment and I’ll fill you in! For now, I’ll leave you to get on with your Thursday. I’m working on my ‘C’ post for My Alphabet and I’m really looking forward to sharing it with you!!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

It’s Change All ‘Round!

7 May

After what has been a tough few weeks for me, things are looking better once again. I’m one step closer to getting answers for my illness…this needle-phobe survived another blood test! Wahoo! I was told though that I have wiggly veins, which I take to mean that once they see the needle coming towards them they run away and hide, haha! The phlebotomist had to “fish around” to find it. I definitely felt that part!!

I’m also getting my last two wisdom teeth taken out in a few weeks. No wisdom in old age for me! Haha. I’m not looking forward to the recovery. I remember what it was like last time, but ultimately it means no more uber annoying toothache every few weeks. Hooray! It’ll help with my weight loss too, huzzah! (And before anyone says anything I know it’s not a sensible thing to say or do, I’m just making light of not being able to eat properly for a week!) It also means that I won’t be doing much talking at the next meeting of The Last Wednesday Knitting Club but I’m definitely still coming along. I’m not missing a meeting for anything!!

Things are also changing around here too. I’ve made the decision to move my blog to another host. Whilst I love WordPress and all it has to offer, I’ve found another host that offers what I want in terms of the direction I am currently taking my craft and business in. It’s an exciting time for me right now and I will unveil everything as soon as it is ready……….it won’t be for a while yet as it’s still in the early stages but it is something that will definitely be happening!!

Things are a little hectic right now, but thank you so much for putting up with me during this sometimes difficult, yet exciting time in my life!! I’m feeling a little more relaxed now about my life and I’m finally finding my feet. Thank you for being such supportive blog readers and friends!! I’ll be back soon with more updates and regular features. I hope you’re all well and enjoying life!!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

P.S. I couldn’t not mention the UK elections in this. Who’s with me for moving to America? Hehe.

I’m Not Myself Right Now

30 Apr

I’m having a hard time blogging lately. I just don’t find myself very inspired to do so. I know a few other bloggers have felt this way recently so it’s not something that bothers me too much but I just thought you, my readers should get a reason to why I’m not posting here.

It’s funny though. Mentally I feel better than I have done in a very long time. I’ve been going to the gym regularly and eating better, and found that it’s really helped! However my health itself is annoying me right now – my liver has decided to play up for some reason so I’m having to go for yet another blood test (this will be my third) and an ultrasound. To be honest, I’m a bit scared. Not only about the blood test, due to my MASSIVE medical needle phobia but about my health. This is the first time I’ve had any tests like this done. I’ve had a few teary moments about it and have thought of all the things it could possibly be or not be (and googled them, haha. Why do we do it?). Hopefully the tests come back conclusively with something this time round and I can move on with a treatment, etc…to fix the problem. I guess it’s the worrying that’s affecting my motivation and taking my mind off doing things here.

I do also have another reason why I’ve been absent. I have been asked to come up with product samples for a small shop – all original and exclusive Crafty Foxes designs to fit with the themes of the shop itself. I have just under two weeks to get them ready and will posts sneak peaks here as soon as I can and will announce the store once they’ve decided on the products to stock. It’s very exciting as I only set up my online shop recently and hopefully this will lead onto bigger and better things!

Sorry this isn’t such a picture heavy post but if I manage to get a good amount of samples made over the next two weeks then I will post more here. Hopefully my product research will help with that! I hope you are all well and enjoying yourselves right now.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Keeping Busy with Memory Lane

26 Mar

Hello my faithful blog readers! I know that my blog has been a little neglected of late. I’m going to have to start scheduling my blog posts a bit better – writing posts a few days in advance, having a list of topics to blog about, etc. It’ll make my life a whole lot easier and means that you all have regular posts to read! A win/win situation! And we all like those now, don’t we?

This week hit me with a couple of curve balls that meant a few things I wanted to do weren’t able to get done. One thing I did do this week was go through some old and new photographs I have on my computer. Boy oh boy, do you forget some of the photographs that have been taken until you find them again! Haha. It always makes me smile though as each photograph tells a story about a time and place in your life. Seeing as I rarely do personal posts, here are a few photos and the stories behind them.

This one was taken by one of my friend’s at my recent birthday celebrations – blowing out the candles on my chocolate loaded birthday cake!

This was one taken the night before one of my friends got married a couple of years ago. I was her make-up artist and, along with her bridesmaid and friend doing her hair, we had a really nice girly weekend that included Pizza Hut, Mamma Mia (we sang along and weren’t meant to), curry and orange peel! Haha. There were some very fun times had.

My second appearance in New York City in Times Square. I was showing my friend and roommate around (it was a week long university trip) and we had been there for a few hours and were feeling jetlagged but had to stay up until a reasonable hour so decided to take a walk. About 15 minutes after this picture was taken we got caught in a torrential downpour on our walk back with one very small umbrella between us! Suffice to say we were soaked by the time we got back to the hotel (which was incidentally a 20 minute walk away) and it had stopped raining by the time we got back, haha!

The obligatory drunken night out and dancing shot from university. The other lovely lady in the photo has been my friend since I started university and is one of my best ones now. This was from another birthday of mine and I had a very enjoyable time as you can probably tell, haha!

And to round off, here’s a baby picture for you. Yes, I am in the boot of the car! Hehe, we’d just had a day skiing and here I am quenching my thirst and not getting the car seat soaking wet!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little trip down memory lane. I’m now going to do more crocheting for some shop products I have lined up and I’ll be back soon with some more posts about the things that have been inspiring me and maybe even a few peeks at the products I have lined up for my Etsy shop launch!! Hooray!!

And don’t forget that if you’re in the London area, the launch for The Last Wednesday Knitting Club is next Wednesday! All the details can be found at the top under the Knitting Club page. It’d be great to see some blogging faces there!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Things You Didn’t Know…

1 Mar

Woolly Lomo Love
As you know if you read this blog, I love wool. If you read Silje’s or Elsie’s blog you will know that they recently shared a few secrets/things people didn’t know about them (on the blogosphere anyway). I thought that I would do my own as it’s fun sometimes to share these things!

(All photos in this post are mine. Please do not use without linking back here. Thank you!)

I love action movies. Die Hard, Transformers, Twister, Jurassic Park, anything Quentin Tarantino, you name it. Most of these films have pretty awesome soundtracks too – I love me some hard rock/heavy metal/etc from time to time.

I have a phobia of needles, specifically medical needles. I cry when I have any kind of injection or have to have blood taken and usually have to have someone with me (my dad has been with me the most times). Despite this needle phobia I have 6 tattoos and at my peak I had 13 piercings!! It’s bizarre, I know, but tattoo and piercing needles don’t freak me out so much.

(Yes, this is my tattoo.)

I share my birthday with my cousin and her mum (my late auntie). We all weighed the same when we were born, were all girls (obviously) and we all had the same kind of birthmark, known as a strawberry birthmark, although I’m not sure if they were in the same place.

I was named after my great auntie. She was pretty awesome too and lived an amazing life traveling and speaking a number of different languages. I was always amazed when she and Meme, my grandmother, spoke in French to each other (my great-grandmother was French).

I’m a trained make-up artist. I did a course during my gap year and have done make-up for my friend’s photoshoots during university and weddings, birthdays, fancy dress parties, etc…but have not yet chased a career in the area. My make-up collection is pretty vast to say the least!! And mainly MAC, haha.

(A random drunk photo from my birthday a couple of years ago with my the new favourite lipgloss)

I’ve never filled a notebook completely. Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved having a new notebook to write in. Right now I have 3 notebooks in my bag and each notebook contains notes or is something specific – my business plans, plain old writing journal, sketchbook, etc… This means I have a lot of empty and half-filled notebooks/journals in my possession and I can’t bring myself to fill the older ones. It’s a little bit OCD – also if I see one I like, I usually buy it for fear of never being able to find it again.

So there you are! Some random pieces of information about my life for you! I hope you’ve enjoyed it and maybe you’ll be able to relate to some of my idiosyncrasies and we can share them together! Hehe.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

P.S. Just a quick thank you to those of you who sent positive wishes/prayers. Things have gone well so far and hopefully they will continue to do so. They are appreciated xx